I Resolve To Love More Crab Salad In Phyllo Pastry Cups

crab_salad_phyllo_2_mfbDid you eat enough over the holidays? Feeling a little bit plump?  Just wait because round 2 is just starting up.  That’s right – it’s the New Year’s Party!  How are you going to fit into that little dress that you bought in November?  It’s the one you bought before you gorged yourself on turkey, cabbage rolls, sugar cookies, and chocolate. I’d go exchange it for one size up if I were you. I promise I won’t tell a soul.  You can deal with it in your New Year’s resolutions.

New Year’s resolutions are actually steeped in tradition and history. Ancient Babylonians and Romans made promises to their gods at the beginning of each new year. Many religions and cultures use the new year as a time for reflection and asking for forgiveness.

Resolutions that are made in this century tend to focus more on self-improvement – being a nicer person, losing weight etc., and although most resolutions are made with the best intentions, only a tiny percentage of resolutions actually get accomplished.

crab_salad_collageHere’s some favorite resolutions and why I think they don’t work.

  1. Losing weight – It’s hard!  As a general rule, it’s easier to pack it on than take it off!
  2. Reduce stress – It’s hard! Unless you can quit your job, divorce your husband, sell your house, pay off your bills, and give away your children, then I’m afraid your life will always have stress.  Maybe you can deal with one of the above this year and see how it goes.
  3. Give up a bad habit – It’s hard! Nail biting? Smoking? Drinking? Facebook?  I’ve already given up the first three – it’s that last one that’s the hardest!
  4. Get out of debt – It’s hard! See #2.

This year, my own resolutions are fairly simple. I will resolve to laugh more, learn more, and love more.

Oh, and I’ll eat this crab salad more.  The end.

Crab Salad In Phyllo Pastry Cups

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 75 to 100 cups

Phyllo pastry cups can be made ahead of time and frozen.
This makes a delicious appetizer for your New Year’s Eve party, baby showers, or pot luck.


    For The Phyllo Pastry Cups
  • 1 package frozen Phyllo pastry
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • For The Crab Salad
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 garlic cloves, pressed
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 1 cup finely diced red pepper
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 to 4 cups crab meat or crab flavored pollock, chopped
  • 1 can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped


For The Phyllo Pastry Cups

Thaw phyllo pastry according to package directions.

Preheat the oven to 375 F.

Lay one layer of phyllo pastry on the counter and paint the entire surface with melted butter using a pastry brush. Cover with another layer of phyllo pastry. Paint with melted butter. Continue painting with butter and covering until you have 4 layers.

Use a pizza cutter to cut your layered phyllo dough into 3″ squares. Push the layered squares into small cupcake/muffin tins and bake for 10 – 12 minutes. Remove from the muffin tin and cool on a wire rack.

For The Crab Salad

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight to enhance flavors.

To serve:

Drop by spoonfuls into phyllo pastry cups.


Original Recipe by My Friend's Bakery 2013


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